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MARX, Karl, & Friedrich Engels.

Manifest kommunisticheskoi partii.

Perevod s niemetskago, s predisloviem G. Plekhanova [In Cyrillic.]

Geneva, Printing Press of the Revolutionary Organisation 'Social-democrat', 1900 Stock Code: 120929
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Extended edition of Plekhanov's 1882 Russian translation of the Communist Manifesto, published as part of the Library of Modern Socialism series, a product of the first Russian-language Marxist political organization, the Emancipation of Labor Group, established by Plekhanov and his fellow émigrés in Geneva in 1883. "With money provided by Vasily Ignatov, a wealthy sympathiser, they obtained a press and set about printing works of a Marxist orientation with the twofold purpose of systematically attacking Populist beliefs and laying the theoretical foundations for a new revolutionary strategy" (Offord, p. 126).
This edition contains Plekhanov's preface to the 1882 edition, Marx and Engels's preface to the 1872 edition, the prefaces of 1883 and 1890, and Engels's first and last notes from the 1883 German edition. Although the translation in 1869 attributed to Bukharin was the first into Russian, it was the second translation by Plekhanov which is generally agreed to be responsible for the widespread dissemination of the Manifesto in Russia, earning Plekhanov the title "the father of Russian Marxism".

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Octavo. Original buff paper wrappers printed in black, sewn as issued, partially unopened. Housed in a red cloth flat-back box by the Chelsea Bindery.


Wrappers browned with a few stains and creases, extremities a little torn with some loss and front joint split but holding, a very good clean copy.


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